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Oulanka National Park 

Oulankajoki river in March. Photo: Hannu Hautala
Location of Oulanka National Park in Finland.
North Ostrobothnia and Eastern Lapland
Municipalities of Kuusamo (www.kuusamo.fi) and Salla (www.salla.fi). 
Area: 290 sq. km, established in 1956, enlarged in 1982 and 1989
The area is managed by Metsähallitus.
The Emblem of Oulanka National Park.

Oulanka is a superb hiking destination. The popular Karhunkierros Hiking Trail leads through the National Park. Hikers can get a general picture of the park’s nature and see the national landscape even on day-trips lasting a few hours.

Oulanka National Park is located in the Municipalities Kuusamo and Salla in north-eastern Finland in an upland region. The park ends at the national border. Behind the border in Russia is Paanajärvi National Park (parks.karelia.ru), which was established in 1992. Oulanka is a unique and versatile combination of northern, southern and eastern nature. The landscape is made up of pine forests, river valleys with sandy banks and rapids, and in the north of vast mires. The area is rich in animal and plant species, even endangered ones.

Oulanka National park has been part of the European PAN Parks network (www.panparks.org) since 2002, and in 2012 the Oulanka and Paanajärvi National Parks were granted a joint PAN Parks certificate. The certificate is awarded to extensive wilderness-like protected areas that successfully combine nature conservation and sustainable nature tourism.

Read what's new and currently happening in Oulanka! 

The electronical infopoint Hiking Site provides you with information on destinations and nature activities in six languages! Hiking Site can be used in customer service points. More information in Hiking Site.


Last updated 3/27/2014

Oulanka National Park Customer Service in Winter 2013-2013


Oulanka Visitor Centre is closed from 26.10.2013 owards due to renovation of the exhibition.
Customer service by telephone or email on weekdays 9am-4pm.
Opened for groups and group guidances by reservation.

  • read more about the renovation from the News


Hautajärvi Visitor Centre is open Tue-Fri 9am-4pm.


Karhuntassu Customer Service is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm



National Parks' Bulletin 2013 has been published

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Open National Parks Bulletin by clicking the picture

Oulanka Web Cam


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Customer service

Oulanka Visitor Centre

Tel.int. +358 40 732 5615



Hautajärvi Visitor Centre

Tel.int. +358 40 834 6814



Karhuntassu Customer Service Point

Tel.int. +358 40 732 5614



In Other Websites

Metsähallitus, P.O. Box 94 (Vernissakatu 4), FI-01301 Vantaa, Tel. +358 205 64 100